Campaign to promote cycling for healthy cities launched

 

Press Release

2 January 2021, Kathmandu

 

The Government of Nepal Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, United Nations Development Programme, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Kantipur Media Group and Cycle City Network Nepal jointly launched a new project/campaign to promote cycling and other environment-friendly practices in Nepal.

 

The initiative will promote sustainable urban mobility and environment-friendly lifestyle choices for urban populations in the context of COVID-19 and beyond by promoting cycling as an alternative mode of clean, healthy and affordable transport for commuters in cities. Part of the campaign will also focus on advocacy and awareness for adoption of cycle-friendly policies and programs and environment-friendly lifestyle choices for urban populations. The campaign will be launched from at least two municipalities, and one of them will be Lalitpur Metropolitan City, and will be scaled up further in the coming years.

 

The campaign will make use of existing technology to track, map, credit and reward cycling practices and gradually connect with the larger ecosystem of solutions for healthy cities. People will be motivated to use cycle or switch to cycling and other forms of cleaner transport through gamification of the cycling practice that incentivizes cyclists with rewards and also favours clean-businesses that sponsor and take part in the game. The campaign assumes that people will be more willing to switch to or continue cycle-commuting for multiple reasons, including, economic, health, environmental as well as COVID related safety reasons. The challenges are to ensure more investment for cycle-friendly infrastructure so that safety issues could be improved.

 

The cycle campaign will offer opportunities for private sector contribution through sponsorship and other in-kind rewards, along with some business development opportunities for interested private sector companies as we move ahead.

 

"Bicycle has been in use for two centuries, and it continues to be a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health.  Cycling should be included in the development programmes where stakeholders encourage the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development. It is a means to access schools, health facilities, and to keep fit young and old, rich and poor alike," said UNDP Resident Representative Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labe. Success of such initiatives, she said, will depend on how all others, including motorists and policy makers facilitate the ride, including safety and security.

 

"Lalitpur Metropolitan City is pleased to launch this joint campaign to further motivate the people in our city to use cycle as an alternative means of transport. As the first city to have initiated cycle lanes, I believe it makes great sense to initiate the cycle campaign from Lalitpur. We look forward to building healthier cities together," said Lalitpur Metropolitan City Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan.

 

"The Government of Nepal's National Plan for Electric Mobility (NPEM) envisions improving air quality, among several other means, through 50% cut in the use of fossil fuels in the transport sector by 2050 and to decrease the rate of air pollution through proper monitoring of sources of pollutants across waste, old and unmaintained vehicles and industries. Promoting cycling in cities, I believe, will be one of the immediate and low-cost and most sustainable ways of reaching that target. Promoting cycling makes a strong case for sustainability of Nepal's existing and emerging cities," said Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Gopal Prasad Sigdel.

 

"We are proud to launch this campaign to encourage a larger mass to switch to cycling as an alternative mode of transport in cities across Nepal. We believe that this campaign would be helpful in bringing about a transformation for the good of our environment and public health," said Mahesh Swar, Assistant General Manager of Kantipur Media Group.

 

"We are pleased to be part of this campaign which aims to provide an open platform for all cycle advocates to come together and collaborate for making our cities cycle friendly. The campaign will offer opportunities for private sector companies to sponsor, invest and experiment on a number of businesses around cycling, and other environment friendly practices such as recycling and plantation," said CCNN President Shailendra Dongol.

 

The cycle campaign will also be backed up and supported by a wide range of partners, including Yeti Airlines, Sano Paila, G.D. Labs and Research and Cycling Cities, India. More partners and sponsors from local governments and private sector are expected to join in the coming days. [For media inquiries: Kamal Raj Sigdel at UNDP Nepal: kamal.sigdel@undp.org | Nivesh Dugar at CCNN niveshdugar@gmail.com | Sagar KC at Kantipur Media Group: sagar@kmg.com.np | Raju Maharjan at Lalitpur Metropolitan City: rrajuu@gmail.com]

 

 

Global coronavirus death toll passes 1 million

The coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of slowing with rising death toll while economic impact continues to threaten decades of human development growth.

New York, 29 September 2020 – The world passed a grim milestone this week as the World Health Organization announced that 1 million people have now died from the coronavirus. More than 33 million people have been infected with the virus since it began in late 2019, and those numbers expect to grow as more countries sound the alarm about second waves.

The pandemic has also taken a dramatic socio-economic toll on the world with governments pumping as much as US$11 trillion into economies to keep them afloat. Stopping the virus while protecting people from the economic devastation remains top priority, says United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner.  

"The climbing death toll is staggering, and we must work together to slow the spread of this virus," Achim Steiner says. "The world is at a breaking point. In almost every country and territory our socio-economic impact assessments have revealed economies slowing down and contracting. The IMF forecasts a grim end of year with 172 countries expecting negative growth.  Economists predict that GDP levels will not return to pre-Covid19 levels until 2023. Those low to medium development countries will be hit the hardest, not just economically, but also socially. The people living in those countries are on the brink."

The impact from the coronavirus pandemic has put enormous strain on world economies and for the first time in 30 years has sent human development into reverse. In 2020, as many as 100 million more people could fall into extreme poverty (UNDP), while 270 million people are in danger of acute food insecurity (World Food Programme).

Safeguards could prevent further shocks for people in low development countries who face further harm to education, health, and access to livelihoods. For example, countries can roll out a temporary basic income that would provide a social safety net against poverty while also stopping the spread of the virus.

However, safeguards are not enough, according to Steiner. Moving forward from the crisis requires a complete transformation on how the world views prosperity and progress, putting people and planet at the core of recovery rather than GDP metrics.

It also requires shifting toward tomorrow's economies that include renewable energies and carbon pricing, and away from outdated economies built on fossil fuel reliance. Depending on GDP metrics to determine debt, credit and access to international markets will exacerbate the crisis.

"Today, it is 64 times cheaper for the richest economies of the world to access international credit than for a developing country on the African continent," Steiner says.

"When countries are looking to bolster their economic landscape, we hear across continents and communities the call for a future that is green, fair and equitable. We cannot continue on this collision course with nature, and ultimately ourselves," Steiner says.

For more information on the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, visit www.undp.org.

 

Digital finance can deliver long-term financing of the SDGs

Unleashing potential of digital finance could have transformational impact on sustainable development says group of financial, business, government and development leaders convened by the UN Secretary-General

 

New York City, 26 August - The unprecedented social and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the role of digital finance in providing relief for millions around the world, supporting businesses and protecting jobs and livelihoods.

 

While the pandemic demonstrates the immediate benefits of digital finance, the disruptive potential of digitalization in transforming finance is immense. Mobile payment technologies have transformed mobile phones into financial tools for more than a billion people. Digital is supporting big data and artificial intelligence in advancing cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding platforms, and online marketplaces. Banks have invested over US$1 trillion in developing, integrating and acquiring emerging technologies. In 2018, 'fintech' investment reached US$120 billion, one third of global venture capital funding.

 

Today a new report, "People's Money: Harnessing Digitalization to Finance a Sustainable Future", by the UN Secretary-General's Task Force on Digital Finance sets out an ambitious, practical Action Agenda. Centrally, it spells out how digital finance can be harnessed in ways that empower citizens as tax-payers and investors in envisaging a digital transformation at scale that better aligns people's money with their needs, collectively expressed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The report highlights how billions of people around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic using digital tools to work, spend and socialize. It argues there is an historic opportunity to harness digitalization in placing citizens, the ultimate owners of the world's financial resources, in control of finance to ensure that it meets their needs, today and in the future.

 

The Task Force identifies five catalytic opportunities for harnessing digitalization in aligning financing with the SDGs. Together they cover much of global finance: 1) Aligning the vast pools flowing through global capital markets with the SDGs; 2) Increasing the effectiveness and accountability of public finance that makes up a major part of the global economy; 3) Channeling digitally-aggregated domestic savings into long-term development finance, 4) Informing citizens how to link their consumer spending with the SDGs and 5) Accelerating the lifeblood financing for the employment and income-generating world of small and medium-sized businesses.

 

The Task Force's Action Agenda is a call to action to businesses, policy-makers and those governing finance to do what it takes to deliver on these opportunities. It spells out not only the 'what' but also the 'how': investments, new capabilities and governance innovations can get the job done.

 

The Task Force concludes that harnessing digitalization for the good is a choice, not an inevitability driven by technology.  Its Action Agenda points to actions needed to overcome digital risks that, unmitigated, could deepen exclusion, discrimination and inequalities, and separate finance further from the needs of an inclusive, sustainable development.

 

"Digital technologies, which are revolutionizing financial markets, can be a game-changer in meeting our shared objectives. The Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals provides leadership to harness the digital revolution," said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

Maria Ramos, Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General's Task Force on Digital Finance said: "We have an historic opportunity to accelerate and expand the transformative impact of digitalization. In particular, digital finance, which in this crisis became the lifeline for millions across the world, extends the boundaries of financial inclusion by empowering citizens as savers, investors, borrowers, lenders and tax-payers in a way that gives them choice and power over their money."

"Digital finance's dramatic potential for transformative impact is being revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital transfers enable governments to get support to people in need, crowdfunding platforms have mobilized funds for medical supplies and emergency relief, and algorithmic lending means small businesses have quicker access to funds. The speed of the recent spread of these technologies is astonishing, but progress is not automatic. For digitalization to be a true force for delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, technological advances must combine with sound policy that empowers citizens and enables our financial system to meet the urgent investment challenges that must be overcome to build forward better," said Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP and Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General's Task Force on Digital Finance

The Report is available here (download here).

COVID-19 Recovery Must Deliver Universal Health Insurance, Safety Nets and Affordable Internet Access, says UNDP

 

Bangkok, April 28, 2020

 

Governments must dramatically overhaul policies and invest in public health, economic stimulus, and social safety nets, to help countries recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic, says a new report from the UN Development Programme. 

 

The economic report warns that a patchwork of preexisting solutions won't work and points out that governments must coordinate with each other to hasten the recovery. This is a global crisis and working in silos is not an option, it says.  

 

The report: "Position Note on the Social and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific," calls on countries in the region to avoid returning to the pre-pandemic environmentally unsustainable development path, and to capitalize on the opportunity to build a better future. 

 

It argues for a new human rights-based, just and fair social contract between governments and people, and advocates for social safety nets with a broader reach, universal health insurance, and affordable access to digital connectivity, as the new normal. 

 

"While we must focus on the immediate needs of a health crisis, the accompanying economic and social crises also need urgent attention. These feed on pre-pandemic vulnerabilities that will be a fire hard to contain, if not addressed together," said Kanni Wignaraja, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. "Bold proposals in this report address the multiple shocks together, by proposing a different set of choices today to build a different tomorrow." 

 

"As the Government of Nepal and many other development practitioners have started to analyze the impact of the pandemic on the lives of people in Nepal, we hope this report will bring some of the early observations from the region. We hope this will be useful and inform Nepal's ongoing assessments," said Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labe, UNDP Resident Representative in Nepal. "I hope that some of the learning and good practices from the countries from the region, on fiscal stimulus, access to treatment, medicine and care, critical supply chains, technological solutions, and more importantly trust, included in this report would help us shape our own recovery programmes here in Nepal that would leave no one behind."

 

While both crises are exacting a huge human toll, with a heavy burden and crisis of care falling disproportionately on the shoulders of women, the report calls on governments and businesses to invest in building more sustainable and resilient supply chains and to foster circular and sharing economies, which will allow us to tread lighter on the environment and ecosystems, according to the report.

 

The report contributes to the UN's work that supports the socio-economic recovery from the pandemic in Asia and the Pacific. It calls for policies and actions that immediately strengthen health systems, to save lives and prevent the spread of the virus. And advocates for the rapid expansion of social protection measures, to sustain incomes, especially for the most affected and vulnerable. Regular public communication of measures taken is a must to strengthen trust of people in government, the report adds.

 

Governments will need huge resources to bolster public health, for the economic stimulus, and for social safety nets, which will place an enormous strain on budgets. To meet that challenge, the report asks governments to revise priorities reflected in budget revenue, spending and financing. Budget revisions may be painful but are necessary, to meet this emergency and to contain fiscal deficits and surges in public debt, at manageable levels.

 

Given the deeply interconnected nature of the world, the report stresses that the twin global emergencies, the pandemic and the economic crisis, require a global response. Global coordination and solidarity are needed to chart a shared sustainable and resilient development path, as no country will be able to pull this off on its own.

 

A key step is to collaboratively resolve the long-standing issue of so called 'fiscal termites' that undermine national budgets: tax competition, tax evasion via transfer pricing and tax havens, large fossil fuel subsidies, and finding ways to tax the digital economy. 

 

Further steps include restarting trade in goods, even as borders are closed for people – starting from essential goods such as medical supplies and food; and effectively coordinating the movement of stranded migrants and refugees.

 

 

Gandaki Province unveils its roadmap to achieve the Global Goals

Charting out its roadmap to materialize a prosperous and happy Gandaki Province by 2030, the Government of Gandaki Province has launched its first Sustainable Development Goals Baseline Report 2019.

 

Unveiled by Chief Minister Prithivi Subba Gurung on 19th December amid a function in Pokhara, the report takes stock of the progress made so far by the province in meeting the 17 goals and sets time-bound targets of SDG indicators to be achieved by 2030, the final year of the SDGs. The SDGs were agreed upon and adopted by all the United Nations Member States, including Nepal, in 2015. Nepal was the first country to prepare this type of report. Nepal has localized the SDGs in its national development plans.

 

Prepared by Gandaki Province with technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme, the report projects the provincial government's target to bring the poverty rate down to 1% by 2030. Poverty in Gandaki province is one of the lowest in the country, with around 14.91 per cent people are living below the National poverty line. Under the Global Goals commitment, Nepal aims to reduce the country's overall National poverty rate to 4.9% by 2030.

 

While the GNI per capita income of the province stood at $1,043 in 2015, the government targets to make it $3,721 by 2030. Similarly, under Goal 7, the government aims to increase the total installed hydropower capacity from 448 MW today to 6000 MW in 2030 and ensure cent per cent population of the province an access to electricity. The baseline report has set concrete and measurable targets for most of the relevant SDG indicators and identified tools to measure and monitor the progress.

 

The game changer mega projects envisioned by the province and accounted under SDG 9 include Pokhara International Airport and the expansion of Prithivi and Siddhartha highways, and completion of Mid-hills and Korela -Pokhara highways which will help strengthen existing transport infrastructure and magnify the outcomes from other projects such as Gandaki Industrial State (SDG 7).

                                                                                                                  

Gandaki province identified seven key drivers of prosperity: tourism, agriculture, energy, industry, infrastructures, human resources and governance. Similarly, it has identified five key enablers of prosperity and they include natural beauty, bio-diversity, unity within social diversity, cultural prosperity, identity and co-existence and demographic dividend.

 

The report also underscores that enhancing federal support would be key to achieving the SDGs. "This support must be led and reinforced so that capacity constraints do not impede the achievement of SDGs despite commitments, resource availability and willingness to carry forward the agenda," said Vice Chair of Policy and Planning Commission of Gandaki Province Dr. Giridhari Sharma Paudel at the launch of the report.

 

"I would like to congratulate the Government of Gandaki Province on the launch of the report. As a close partner, UNDP stands ready to support the provincial government in its bid to achieve the SDGs, including through support in designing climate smart plans that not just help curb carbon emission but also achieve other development goals," said UNDP Resident Representative Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labé.

 

"With this report we have now formally started mainstreaming the SDGs into our plans. What we need now is an effective coordination and collaboration with the local Municipalities and federal governments who are on the frontlines," said Chief Minister Prithivi Subba Gurung. He further Stated that the Province will take strong Policy measure and program interventions to achieve the stated goals and targets pertaining in the report.

 

India doles out NPR 1.6 billion to Nepal to support housing reconstruction in Nuwakot and Gorkha

KATHMANDU

On 10 June 2019, H.E. Shri Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Nepal handed over a cheque for a sum of NPR 1.6 billion to Finance Secretary of Nepal Dr. Rajan Khanal in presence of Hon'ble Finance Minister of Nepal Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada. The amount has been released towards reimbursement of part payment of 1st and 2nd tranches of housing reconstruction extended by Government of India (GoI) to 50,000 housing beneficiaries in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts. India has so far reimbursed a total of NPR 4.5 billion to Nepal.

 

2.      Government of India (GoI) is partnering with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for providing Socio-Technical Facilitation to the house owners to ensure that they rebuild their homes as per the Government of Nepal's earthquake resilient norms.

 

3.       During the programme, Government of Nepal expressed its appreciation for the sustained and generous humanitarian support extended by Government of India for post-earthquake reconstruction. On the occasion, Ambassador Puri thanked the Government of Nepal for the partnership and reiterated that the people and Government of India remain committed to completion of post-earthquake reconstruction of projects in Nepal. [Press Release of the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu]

 

UNDP's new Resident Representative presents letter of credence

New Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme Ayshanie Medagangoda Labe presented her Letter of Credence today to Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali. Receiving the Letters of Credence, Minister Gyawali congratulated Ms. Labe and ensured to enhance the partnership between United Nations and the Government of Nepal to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. "All our policies and programmes are aligned with SDGs. We are committed to achieve the Global Goals before 2030," he added. He also appreciated UNDP for its continued support in promoting an inclusive economic growth. 

UNDP Resident Representative Labe expressed UNDP's commitment to continue work alongside the government and the people of Nepal in their pursuit of sustainable development. "With flagship programmes in the areas of building resilience, creating jobs and promoting democratic governance, UNDP will continue to collaborate with the government, the civil society and the private sector in helping address the national development priorities," she said adding that tourism, which can be a major driver of Nepal's economy, will be another new area where UNDP will engage in the coming years. 

She served as the Deputy Resident Representative for Programme/Operations in Republic of Algeria (2008-2012) and joined the UNDP Country Office as the Deputy Resident Representative for Programme/Operations after having served 6 years as the Deputy Resident Representative (Programme/Operations) in the Kingdom of Morocco.

New book: Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Women in Nepal


Minister for Women, Children & Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa launched a new book "Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Women in Nepal," published by UNDP and National Indigenous Women's Federation on Saturday.

 

This book highlights the landscape of indigenous women in Nepal and finds out key challenges and opportunities of their economic development. UNDP Nepal in partnership with National Indigenous Women's Federation carried out this research with an objective to deepen the understanding on economic status of indigenous women particularly whether they are able to exercise their rights as provisioned by the Government's plans and policies, and inform the concerned stakeholders on the effective measures to address the specific needs for economic empowerment of indigenous women.

 

Presenting a summary of the findings of the research, Indigenous women's book research team leader Dr. Krishna B Bhattachan underscored on the need to ensure indigenous peoples' ownership and control over lands, territories and resources, and reach of indigenous women in decision-making levels.

 

The book examines issues of loss of ancestral lands and restricted access to forests and natural resources, strong patriarchal divisions of labour, including land ownership norms and participation in decision making processes. It also addresses the development of eco-tourism and of production of high-value cash crops, so as to provide recommendations on how best to empower indigenous women so that they can continue to maintain, preserve and promote, their culture, traditional skills and heritage.


"Indigenous people are the wealth & economic agents to transform Nepal into a prosperous country, they should be equipped with skills/ knowledge and opportunities to learn," said Renaud Meyer, UNDP Country Director, launching the book.


The book has provided specific recommendations, including reforms in a number of laws relating to management of natural resources, to ensure economic empowerment of indigenous women.





Qatar Red Crescent, Gorkha Municipality and UNDP tie up to rebuild community infrastructure in Gorkha

The Qatar Red Crescent and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal today signed an agreement to rehabilitate and rebuild community infrastructure and facilities in Gorkha.

 

The Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Project aims at enhancing the access of approximately 10,000 earthquake-affected people to improved community infrastructure and services. The total budget of the project is NRs 36.8 million (US$ 335,330), out of which Qatar Red Crescent will contribute NRs 16.5 million (US $150,000), UNDP NRs. 3.3 million (US $30,000) and the Gorkha Municipality and communities NRs. 17 million (US $155,370).

 

The agreement was signed by Rashid Saad Almohanadi, Director General of Relief and International Development at Qatar Red Crescent, and Renaud Meyer, UNDP Country Director in Nepal at the UN House in the presence of Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Nepal H.E. Yusuf bin Mohamed Al-Hail. Upon signing the agreement, Almohanadi said, "We are pleased to be part of this six-month collaborative project with UNDP and Gorkha Municipality and look forward to help earthquake affected communities to improve their health and disaster resilience."

 

The project includes construction of two irrigation schemes, a drinking water system, a school building, a health post and over 200 toilets and putting in place a hospital waste management system. The project is complementary to the planned interventions of the local government and coordinated by the concerned ward chairs of the Gorkha municipality.

 

"UNDP is pleased to sign this agreement with the Qatar Red Crescent. We want to see this as the beginning of a new partnership to mobilize the generosity of Qatar in helping Nepal build resilient communities and achieve progress on its broader development objectives." said UNDP Country Director Renaud Meyer. "We hope we can reach other needy communities in the future with similar interventions."

 

"We would like to thank Qatar Red Crescent and UNDP for their support to the community infrastructure projects, which will be implemented with full participation, leadership and ownership of local communities. The Gorkha municipality and the local people are contributing almost half of the total budget," Rajan Raj Panta, Mayor, Gorkha Municipality. 

वाढी, पहिरो पीडितका परिवारलाई राहतका लागि सरकारसँग आग्रह

केही दिनदेखिको परेको अविरल वर्षा पछि आएको वाढी, पहिरो र डुवानको कारणले देशका विभिन्न जिल्लाहरुमा धनजनको ठूलो क्षति भएको र जनजिवन अस्तव्यस्त भएको छ । वाढी पहिरोबाट कैलाली, बाँके, सिन्धुली, रोल्पा, चितवन, पर्सा, महोत्तरी, सुनसरी लगायतका जिल्लाहरुमा डेढ दर्जन भन्दा बढी व्यक्तिको मृत्यु भइसकेको तथा ठूलो संख्यामा मानिसहरु वेपत्ता र विस्थापित हुनका साथै कैयौं व्यक्तिहरु घाइते भएका छन् । हजारौ हेक्टर खेतियोग्य जमिन डुवानमा परेको, पहिरो र डुवानका कारण सडक यातायात अवरुद्ध भएको घटनाप्रति नेपाली कांग्रेस गहिरो दुःख व्यक्त गर्दै सम्पूर्ण पीडितहरुको यो संवेदनशीलताप्रति नेपाली कांग्रेस सहानुभूति प्रकट गर्दछ ।

वाढी र पहिरोमा परि जीवन गुमाउनु भएका सम्पूर्ण दिदीबहिनी तथा दाजुभाइहरुमा नेपाली कांग्रेस भावपूर्ण श्रद्धाञ्जली अर्पण गर्दछ र उहाँहरुका शोक सन्तप्त परिवारजनहरुमा हार्दिक समवेदना प्रकट गर्दछ । साथै, घाइतेहरुको शीघ्र स्वास्थ्यलाभको कामना गर्दछ । 

प्राकृतिक विपतको यस संवेदनशील घडीमा प्रभावित नागरिकको जीवन रक्षा, उद्धार र राहतको कार्यलाई प्रभावकारी रुपमा तत्काल संचालन गर्न तथा पीडितका परिवारलाई तत्काल अति आवश्यक सामाग्रीहरु— खाद्यान्न, लत्ता कपडा, भाडाकुडा, औषधी र अस्थायी बसोबासको यथाशीघ्र उचित प्रबन्धका लागि सरकारसँग नेपाली कांग्रेस आग्रह गर्दछ । बाढी, पहिरो र डुवानका कारण क्षति भएका सडक, विद्यालय, पुलपुलेसा लगायत भौतिक पूर्वाधारहरुको यथाशीघ्र पुनर्निर्माणका लागि समेत सरकारसँग आग्रह गर्दछ । 

वाढी पहिरो प्रभावित सम्बन्धित जिल्लाका नेपाली कांग्रेस तथा भ्रातृ एवं शुभेच्छुक संस्थाका सबै निकायहरुले पार्टी, भ्रातृ एवं शुभेच्छुक संस्थाका साथीहरुलाई परिचालन गरी उद्धार, राहत र उचित बसोबासको व्यवस्था मिलाउन सहयोग पु¥याउँदै पहिरो एवं डुबानमा पर्न सक्ने थप जोखिम क्षेत्रको पहिचान गरी उक्त क्षेत्रबाट अन्य सुरक्षित स्थानमा मानिसहरुलाई स्थानान्तरण गराउने कार्यमा जुट्नका लागि नेपाली कांग्रेस निर्देश गर्दछ । 

KOICA-UNDP partnership to benefit 10,000 fruit farmers


The Government of Nepal, UNDP and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) signed this week an agreement to implement a project on "Valuechain development of fruit and vegetables in Nepal" aimed at raising the incomes of nearly 10,000 smallholder farmers through strengthening the value chain of fruit and vegetable production in the country. As part of the project, there will be special focus on production maximization, post-harvest technology development and rollout, and improved market linkage.

Under the agreement, KOICA will support US $5 Million and UNDP will contribute US$0.5 million respectively for  a joint initiative to be implemented in about 40 municipalities in twelve districts in Province 3 and 4, namely Dhading, Kavre, Makawanpur, Chitwan, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Nawalparasi, Tanahun, Gorkha, Kaski, and Syanja until the end of 2022.

The MoU was signed by Dr.Hyungkyoo Kim, Country Director KOICA Nepal Office and Renaud Meyer, Country Director UNDP. Before that, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Finance: Mr. Shreekrishna Nepal, and the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management, and Cooperatives: Mr. Tej Subedi signed the project document with the UNDP at a function held at Singhadurbar, Kathmandu on 26 June 2018.

The valuechain development project focuses on increasing production, reducing post-harvest losses and improving the marketing system for selected fruit and vegetables. Through its efforts, cooperatives and farmers' groups will have better access to production technology, as well as improved crop production practices. Post-harvest technologies will be developed and transferred to farmers in collaboration with the Nepal Agriculture Research Council. Support to physical facilities, organizational management and access to market price information will be provided to collection centers and satellite markets to improvemarket linkages. 

Marketed volumes of fruit and vegetables are low in Nepal and farmers have limited access to agriculture technology. Post-harvest losses are high, with estimates suggesting losses between 10 and 14% for fruit and vegetables. Careless handling of crops during loading and unloading, and lack of storage facilities at collection centres are some contributing factors.In this context, this programmewill also help to establish 20 collection centres and satellite markets. The programme will help Nepal achieve the Sustainable Development Goals with a direct contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 1 (No Poverty) and Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger).


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